Portuguese Network for Doughnut Economics begins

The Portuguese Network for Doughnut Economics had its Kick off meeting with loads of energy on March 23rd 2021.

After posting on the DEAL website and sharing on social media, 150 people registered and just short of 70 people participated in a 1,5 hour public event to explore potential for Portuguese citizen-led groups to transform their territories from the bottom up.

A month previously (February 26th) Kate Raworth was invited to speak (remotely) in Portugal for the "Climate Change. New Economic Models" Conference*, at the invitation of the Portuguese Secretary of State for the Environment & Climate Action, Inês Costa. Since this event, people in different projects and communities around the country began to connect and think about how best they can organise to change their communities, towns and cities. Having heard about the wonderful Doughnut Economics projects happening around the world, people in Portugal now decided that they too want to join the adventure.

The event was in Portuguese and facilitated by Vasco Rato, a professor in the ISCTE school of architecture, urban activist Kitti Baracsi, and Duncan Crowley from the Irish DEAL group IDEN and the UrbanA, ECOLISE, Communities for Future and Degrowth Portugal projects. Two temporary online workspaces (MIRO & google drive) and a Telegram list were created, as initial temporary tools and communication spaces to facilitate network weaving and co-creation. From both the registration and input during the event, we got a very full list of active projects and movements currently happening in Portugal, that are shared in the table below (57 and growing). The event was recorded.

After a very brief intro about the structure of the event, breakout rooms were created for groups of 2. This was to encourage active listening and give everyone a chance to take their first steps in building our shared network. We had explored the idea of breaking up into groups of 5 and having a plenary type feedback session, but due to some technical issues, we resorted to plan B and had a full go around. Perhaps this was the most fitting way to kick off the Portuguese doughnut, by going all the way around our own Portuguese circle, where nearly everybody got a minute or so to say who they were, why they were here and what projects (if any) they were involved with. We then did little breakouts of about 5 people for 10 minutes, to talk about what we can do in our communities to implement change. Back in the full group for the last section, Kitti took us through our map and notes from the MIRO board and Vasco discussed next steps, including the proposal to have a follow up meeting sometime near the end of April.

In the days following the event, images and short reports were shared on social media using the #Donut4PT hashtag. There are now 40 people on the Telegram list and people have started to use the 2 online work spaces. From the clustering of Post-it notes, 6 key nodes were identified for the network; Porto, Aveiro, Marinha Grande, Lisbon, Algarve and a Rural group. While city nodes have been identified, we expect fractals nodes within will soon form to explore implementation of the Doughnut at various scales (previous DEAL posts explored doughnut downscaling here and here). Groups already thinking and talking about this, which could possibly result in pilot projects within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML), include the municipality of Oeiras, the parish (Junta de Freguesia) of Campolide and even the bairro (neighbourhood) of Parede in the municipality of Cascais. For the rural group, some people are based at the Portuguese Spanish border, along the banks of the river Server, which could lead to very interesting project exploring rivers as connectors and not dividers, within a shared bioregion.

The second #Donut4PT event is scheduled for dia São Jorge, Saint Georges Day, The Day of the Book, on Friday the 23rd of April, 14-15.30h. Liliana Louro, from “Es Giro” will give a short presentation about the Cities for Change project, that the Amsterdam City Council has just launched.

All are welcome to join this Portuguese network, no experience necessary. Changing our communities and cities is everyone’s business.

* Video of the panel with Kate found here (From 2hr, 9 min, 9 seconds, only in Portuguese)

Growing list of associated networks active in the Portuguese Ecological Economic landscape:

1.      ECOLISE - European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability - https://www.ecolise.eu/
2.     Escola de Economia e Gestão da UMinho; Associação de Debates Académicos da UMinho; Associação Académica da UMinho
3.     Movimento de cidadãos Evoluir Oeiras  http://evoluiroeiras.pt/ 
4.     Rede para o Decrescimento (Degrowth Network) https://decrescimento.pt/  
5.     The Middle-Way Meditation Institute https://mmipeace.org/
6.     Transition Network https://transitionnetwork.org/
7.     Grupo de Coordenação do Plano de Ação para a Economia Circular
8.     Value Flow: https://www.valueflow.pt  a Laboratory unfolding the flow of values for a regenerative abundant society 
11.  Zero Waste Lab (www.zerowastelab.pt ); 
14.  ATERRA Campaign, - Campanha pela redução do tráfego aéreo e por uma mobilidade justa e ecológica -  https://aterra.info/ 
15.  SEEDS: https://www.joinseeds.com  a set of tools to unfold a regenerative economic renascence
16.  UOI! 2030 - Local Youth Manifesto for Anadia - https://www.facebook.com/uoi2030
17.  Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedadem Centro de Estudos Sociais, UC
18.  Innovations for the Future: https://innovationsforthefuture.org a congregation of innovative projects, initiatives and concepts towards a regenerative future
19.  Municipalities in Transition: Exploring how municipalities & citizens can work better together - http://municipalitiesintransition.org
20.  Smart Farmer - Smartfarmer.pt
21.  Systems Change Alliance, Global Regeneration CoLab
22.  Creation of circular economy hub in sub-Saharan Africa; creation of community garden in Penha de França - https://www.caracoldapenha.info/
24.  BeeCircular - Polinizamos a Economia Circular: https://www.beecircular.org/
25.  Circular Economy Club Almada  - https://cecalmadaportugal.wixsite.com/circulareconomyclub
26.  C. Circular, Circular Economy Club, Os Fora da Casca
27.  Vivalab Porto
28.  Reflora Initiative
29.  Economy of Francesco/ Economia de Francisco Portugal - www.economiadefrancisco.org
30.  Center for Responsible Business and Leadership at Cathólic Lisbon School of Business and Economics
31.  The Green Sprint - Helping businesses to innovate and design for sustainability, circularity & regeneration - https://thegreensprint.com/ 
32.  Circular Economy Group, APESB.
33.  Pakistan circular economy
34.  CEC Lisbon
35.  Urban Manufacturing Lisboa
36.  CampOvivo (movimento de cidadãos de Campo de Ourique) e Caravana AgroEcoloógica cE3c-FCUL
37.  MUBi Porto, Associação Moving Cause,
38.  FLUP
39.  Planeta Alecrim Learning & Practice Community
40.  São Mamede Regenerative Tourism Ecosystem
41.  Urbact
42.  Schumacher College, Impact Hub https://lisbon.impacthub.net/
43.  Various in the UK - nothing yet in Portugal (still learning the language but interested to participate) - thanks!
44.  Circular Economy Working Groups
45.  RSA
46.  LivMundi social-environmental impact movement
47.  Artfulness unipessoal lda
48.  Managers For Future (https://www.managersforfuture.eu/
49.  Parents For Future Global (https://parentsforfuture.org /)
50.  DiEM25 - Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 - https://diem25.org/en/
52.  Restore Nature Foundation, Tours that Matter
53.  Upfarming.
54.  Resiway
55.  Aveiro em Transição - https://aveiroemtransicao.wordpress.com/
56.  Transition Network /Transição Portugal
57.  Veganesh




    Andreia Nunes

    Cascais, Portugal

    I want to be part of the solution, I want to act as a 21st century economist.

    Pritesh Dineschandra Kotecha

    Lisbon, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, Portugal

    Learn and Grow. I love the systematic approach of your framework. Simple and effective.

    Alan Pesskin

    Oxford, England, United Kingdom

    I would like to help to contribute to the process of subverting the current socio/economic system

    Duncan Crowley about 3 years ago

    Next Portugal Doughnut event, Tuesday June 8th: Governance and citizenship for transition (Cities for Change event)

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    Duncan Crowley over 3 years ago

    The 2nd #Donut4PT event is scheduled for dia São Jorge, Saint Georges Day, The Day of the Book, Friday 23rd April, 14-15.30h. Liliana Louro, from “Es Giro” will give a short presentation on the #CitiesforChange project, that the Amsterdam Council & #FearlessCities launched.

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